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Christians celebrate ‘victory over sin’

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Christians will flock to area churches this morning to celebrate Easter. Easter is, by far, the most-attended Sunday of the year for many U.S. churches, according to LifeWay Research, a Southern Baptist research center. “On Easter Sunday, we have an increase, maybe a 40-50 percent ...

Proposed bill by Ward focuses on fighting blight

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A bill awaiting the Senate’s attention in Harrisburg, first proposed by state Rep. Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg, would allow years of tax breaks for developers who refurbish blighted and abandoned buildings into mixed-use properties. The proposal — at least the third attempt between Ward ...

Trump, Eichelberger could reshape health funding

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Weeks after state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, proposed a bill that would effectively cut women’s health funding from groups like Planned Parenthood, President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday to make those cuts easier. Trump signed a resolution overruling an order, ...

Dandelions, mulch make deadly combo

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It is springtime, and the reward for living through the winter is the rebirth of the world around us. While springtime is a beautiful miracle, for me, it is often a very confusing time. One of the first things that greet us in the spring is the appearance of the innocent-looking ...

State park beaches going smoke-free

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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has added 16 locations to its list of state parks with smoke-free beaches, including some parks in the area. Canoe Creek State Park in Blair County, Green­wood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon County and Prince Gallitzin State Park ...

Work to begin on 17th St., I-99 ramp

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Work will begin Monday on a project to upgrade 17th Street and widen the southbound 17th Street ramp to Interstate 99 in Logan Township. The contractor, Swank Construction Co. LLC, will begin setting up the first of three phases of construction, according to PennDOT. This ...

VA offers help on medical choices

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The Van Zandt VA Medical Center will hold four sessions on making medical decisions for oneself and for loved ones who can’t make those decisions for themselves on Wednesday. The sessions will be held at 10 and 11 a.m., at noon and at 1 p.m. in the second floor auditorium. They will show ...

PennDOT installs truck speed sign on Route 322

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STATE COLLEGE — A temporary radar-controlled speed display sign for trucks has been put in place on Route 322 near Port Matilda, PennDOT said. The sign is between Hannah Furnace and Reese Hollow roads. The speed display board is to aid in curbing speeding, a common type of aggressive ...

Irvin plans concealed carry seminar

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HUNTINGDON — Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon, is hosting a concealed carry seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Smithfield fire hall at 10 Firehouse Lane, Huntingdon. Huntingdon County Interim Sheriff Jeff Leonard and attorney Dave Smith will discuss Pennsylvania’s concealed carry and ...

Marriage licenses

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Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Bedford County Bryan Caleb Lynn and Keisha Nicole Wilson, both of Bedford. Tyler William Michael and Fiona L Van-De-Velde, both of Flintstone, Md. Corey Lee Musselman, ...

HASD senior dies in accident; police ID ATV driver

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A Hollidaysburg Area High School senior was killed when an ATV on which she was a passenger struck deer and overturned, throwing the girl and the driver off the vehicle, state police at Hollidaysburg said. According to Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross, 18-year-old Mikayla Dawn Focht of ...

Kranich’s plans new store in Altoona

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Kranich’s Jewelers hopes to polish up one of the city’s most prominent vacant properties — a site on Plank Road near Logan Boulevard where Sheetz had a store, which has been boarded up for six years. The city Zoning Hearing Board this week granted setback and buffer variances to allow ...

Blair DA admits to letter mistake

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Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio said he made a mistake when he prepared an endorsement for a candidate in the May primary election using his official county letterhead. Consiglio said he prepared endorsements for five candidates in the upcoming election, and four of them ...

Sweep includes drugs to help treat addiction

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While heroin and prescription pills once again dominated the latest drug sweep in Blair County, several suspects found themselves in handcuffs over alleged sales of drugs meant to keep them off opioids. “There’s definitely an illegal market for these maintenance drugs,” said Blair ...

Cambria transfers former jail to redevelopment authority

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ASHVILLE — A former jail in Ebensburg may soon be put to new use following a Thursday vote by Cambria County commissioners to transfer ownership of the building from the county to its redevelopment authority. The large, county-owned stone jail, which was built in 1872, has been vacant for ...

Hollidaysburg Area High School senior dies in apparent ATV accident

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A Hollidaysburg Area High School senior is dead after an apparent ATV accident near Blue Knob. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross confirmed that Mikayla Focht, 18, of Duncansville, was killed by blunt force trauma and the investigation into what killed the high school girls softball standout ...

Briefcase

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Saint Francis recognized LORETTO — Saint Francis University has been ranked No. 50 in the nation by GreatValueColleges.net in its top “Online Christian Colleges and Universities” from 2016. Schools were ranked by a number of sources including the National Center for Education ...

Police cite 45 in Blair drug sweep

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Sitting before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on Thursday, drug suspect Chelsea Deihl said she was sober, something her mother who was sitting in the back of the Central Court courtroom confirmed. But there was something about Deihl’s demeanor that Aigner said made her think ...

Longtime team owner Dan Rooney dies at 84

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Dan Rooney, the powerful and popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman whose name is attached to the NFL’s landmark initiative in minority hiring, died Thursday. He was 84. The team announced his death but details were not immediately available. Rooney took over operation of the team in the ...

Fans mourn ‘good man for football’

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When she first heard that Steelers owner Dan Rooney had died Thursday, Melissa Maher of Altoona was overcome with emotion. “I cried,” Maher, wearing a Steelers jacket, said prior to the Altoona Curve game at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Even as she spoke about it later on, Maher had to ...